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Strelitzia nicolai

Family: Strelitziaceae (Strelitzia family)

Common names: Natal Wild Banana (E); iNkamanga (Z); Natalse Wildepiesang (A); aNgude (X);

Native to: Southern Africa
Palm/Cycad, Tree
A large, palm-like shrub with bare stems and banana-like leaves. It bears large cream and purple and cream flowers which are rich in nectar

Strelitzia nicolai

EVERGREEN

FULL SUN

SEMI FROST HARDY

MEDIUM WATER REQUIREMENTS

FAST GROWER

ATTRACTS BIRDS

ATTRACTS INSECTS

FLOWER COLOUR:

AVERAGE SIZE:

8m x 4m
FLOWERING TIME:
J F M A M J J A S O N D
FRUITING TIME:
J F M A M J J A S O N D

Strelitzia nicolai

WILDLIFE & ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS
This tree attracts a host of creatures:
Sunbirds feed on the nectar and in turn pollinate the plant;
Monkeys feed on the flowers;
The leaves are eaten by the caterpillar of the Banana Tree Nightfighter;
Birds such as doves and tinkerbirds feed on the seeds;
Robins may nest in older plants;
The bases of the leaves can store a little reservoir of water in them to provide water for the breeding ponds of the Forest Tree Frog (Leptopelis natalensis)
WATER REQUIREMENTS
Water moderately.
MAINTENANCE
Low maintenance.
LANDSCAPING USES
An architectural plant suitable for large gardens.
GARDEN THEMES
Forest, Rockery, Tropical, Water, Woodland
FLOWERS
The blooms have white sepals and blue petals with a huge dark blue-purple sheath that encloses and protects the many individual flowers within. The flowers are specially modified for pollination by sunbirds.
FOLIAGE
FRUIT
Once the fruits form the woody capsules that look like miniature bananas that split to reveal numerous black seeds.
SEED
The pea-sized black seeds are surrounded by a fleshy orange covering known as an aril.
BUTTERFLY/MOTH HOST PLANT
Moltena fiara (Banana Tree Nightfighter)
PESTS & DISEASES
Seldom attacked by pests.
CAUTION
Avoid planting this tree near near retaining walls as its vigorous, fleshy roots will push anything out of the way. Rather give it room to expand and show itself in all its glory.

9 Responses

  1. Hi Rachelle

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    Strelitzia nicolai doesn’t require any pruning except for the removal of dead foliage and flower stalks.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  2. Hi Dalene

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    I’m not aware of any medicinal value of this plant’s seeds. However, there are some amazing online resources that may answer your question. Please feel free to share your information here.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  3. Hi Avril

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    I’ve never seen cockroaches or horseflies around these trees. And, I’ve never heard of this phenomenon before.

    If there are any little critters around the plants, there is a high likelihood that the population will be taken care of by your local bird population which feeds on insects.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

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